Winter is the time to celebrate all things snow, ice, and cold. We came up with this fun mixed-media preschool snowflake craft that celebrates snow and uses black glue at the same time. As early childhood educators we also made sure this one little art project encompasses fine motor skills, colors, shapes and textures! We heart crafty things that promote readiness skills.
The kids had a blast making this open-ended art activity, and the projects turned out so pretty, we used them to decorate our house for winter. These would make lovely classroom display pieces before winter is over!
Benefits of Art in Preschool
Art with toddler and preschool kids is about so much more than winter fun, or a perfect final product! Keep in mind that whether you’re making a simple snowflake shape or other fun winter crafts, preschoolers will benefit immensely just by the experience offered for little hands.
- Cognitive Development: Art projects foster critical thinking and decision-making, nurturing your child’s imagination and cognitive skills.
- Fine Motor Skills: Engaging in art activities like drawing and cutting improves small muscle coordination, enhancing fine motor skills necessary for tasks like writing.
- Social and Emotional Growth: Art projects provide a creative outlet for expressing emotions, while sharing supplies and collaborating with peers promotes social and emotional development.
- Language Development: Describing creations, sharing thoughts, and asking questions during art projects contribute to improved vocabulary and communication skills.
- Confidence Building: Completing art projects boosts self-esteem, instilling a sense of accomplishment that positively influences overall confidence and learning attitudes.
How do I incorporate art into pre-k lesson plans?
Make learning fun by weaving any craft activity into any and all preschool lessons! Match creative activities with what you’re teaching, like finger painting or easy diy crafts. Let little ones express themselves freely, turning lessons into playtime where they get to explore and learn at the same time.
How do you make easy snowflake decorations?
If you’re knee-deep in a winter theme, snowflakes are the perfect companion. And there are many snowflake craft ideas to choose from!
- Paper snowflakes
- Snowflake ornaments
- Pipe cleaner snowflakes
- Popsicle sticks snowflakes
- Tape-resist snowflake painting
- Pasta snowflakes
Honestly, a lot of the time the craft I choose is based on what I find in my little bins of craft supplies. Extra pom poms? Break out a simple snowflake template and have little fingers place or glue pom poms on top to create soft snowflakes.
Black Glue Preschool Snowflake Craft
If you love black glue crafts, don’t miss out on this fun black glue preschool snowflake art project! It’s the perfect open-ended winter art activity.
This art project takes place over two sessions. If you’re having trouble finding black glue, you can add black food coloring to regular white school glue to transform it into black glue. This works better with a half-full bottle rather than a new bottle.
Give each child a piece of cardstock paper and some watercolor paints. For our activity, the kids were told to paint a winter scene, but not given any other restrictions other than they had to use black glue somewhere.
Open-ended activities like this allow kids to use creativity and feel pride at an accomplishment all their own.
The kids painted the background a mixture of purples and blues. Let the paint dry.
Instruct the kids to add glue to the paper to make their winter scenes. We did a combination of clear glue and black glue. The kids made snowflakes from the black glue and used the clear glue for an abstract swirling design.
Sprinkle glitter onto the clear glue, but try to avoid the black glue (or you can glitter before putting the black glue snowflakes on).
*Glitter. Is. Messy. I like to teach kids to sprinkle while the paper is over a container or paper plate, then pour the unused glitter right back into the jar.
If your kiddos are having trouble making snowflakes, use our pictures as a guide. You could also draw snowflakes with markers and have kids trace them with the black glue.
Let the glue dry completely before sending it home or hanging it for decor.
How to Extend the Black Glue Preschool Snowflake Craft
Take art right into science with some fun snowflake facts your kids will enjoy.
What is a snowflake fact for kids?
- One-of-a-Kind: Every snowflake is unique, just like you! No two are the same—they come in different shapes and patterns.
- Frozen Magic: Snowflakes are tiny ice crystals that form in the cold air, creating sparkly bits of magic falling from the sky.
- Six Sides: Most snowflakes have six sides or points, showing off their delicate and symmetrical structure.
- Various Shapes: Snowflakes can look like stars, needles, or flat plates. They come in big and fluffy or small and intricate designs.
- Countless Snowflakes: In a snowfall, there are so many snowflakes that it’s impossible to count them all. Imagine a winter wonderland covered in countless tiny, glittering snowflakes!
Included in the Winter Math and Literacy Pack:
- 2 Sets of Number Mats (empty ten-frame, filled ten-frame)
- Beginning Sound Match Up
- 4 Sets of Clip Cards (color, ten-frame, array, shape)
- Winter and Summer Clothing Sort
- Class Set of Ten-Frame BINGO
- 2 Graphing Dice Games
- 2 Spinner Graphing Games
- Line Tracing Cards
- Line-Up Puzzles for Counting to 5 & 10
- 4 Matching Games (picture, number, alphabet, rhyme)
- Missing Number Cards
- 3 Levels of AB Patterns
- Winter Play Dough Mats
- 2 Sets of Counting to 10 Puzzles (array, ten-frame)
- 2 Roll and Count Mats
- 2 Sets of Sorting Activities (shapes and big/small)
- 5 Spin & Cover Games (1-5, 6-10, shape, picture)
- 4 Sets of Tracing Cards (uppercase, lowercase, number, shape)
- Visual Discernment Clip Cards
- Trace, Write & Draw the Room
- Ten-Frame Cards